ThermoKitchen Basic Pasta Making Tutorial
Making pasta from scratch is a cooking skill that seems hard, but is actually really simple. This recipe uses just 2 ingredients so it really is very basic! I’ve made a basic pasta making tutorial which is included in this story to help demonstrate the laminating process.
I use a lovely rich egg pasta recipe which produces a silky pasta. It contains 2 eggs and 3 additional egg yolks. The “OO” flour gives the pasta the strength it needs to be passed through the pasta maker without breaking. Pasta dough can be kneaded by hand or mixed in a stand mixer. I prefer to use the Thermomix to prepare the dough as it is the simplest method.
This is my "go to" homemade pasta recipe. So easy and delicious!
- 250 gm "OO" flour
- 2 eggs whole
- 3 egg yolks
Add the flour, eggs, and egg yolk to the TM bowl. Knead 2 mins.
Divide the dough into 4 balls. Flatten each ball and coat in flour.
Wrap the pasta dough individually and leave on the bench to rest for 30 minutes.
Once the pasta has rested dust the pasta maker and one of the pasta dough balls with flour.
Pass the dough through the largest setting 3 times.
Fold the pasta in 3rd and pass it again through the largest setting. Repeat this action 2 more times.
Reduce the setting by one notch. Pass the dough through 3 times.
Fold the pasta in 3rd and pass it again through the same setting. Repeat this action 2 more times.
Continue to use this pattern of lamination until you have reached the 5th or 6th setting. You will need to flour the pasta dough regularly.
If you're making fresh lasagne you just need to cut the lasagne to size.
If you're making fettucini you only need to pass the pasta dough through the fettucini blades and you have perfectly cut fettucini.
Dust the cut fettucini liberally with more flour, lifting the pasta and ensuring all strands are coated.
Boil salted water in a large pot until it reaches a rolling boil. Add the fettucini and cook until it tastes al dente.
Once the pasta dough has been kneaded it’s important to rest the dough. Resting the dough allows the gluten in the flour to relax. Divide the pasta into four parcels, coat each parcel with flour then wrap in plastic and allow the dough to remain on the bench for at least 30 minutes. Don’t put the dough in the fridge! This will cause the pasta to become very difficult to manage until it comes back to room temperature.
My first pasta rolling machine was an Avanti manual roller which clamped onto the bench. I loved it! It worked perfectly and rolled beautiful pasta. I would need hubbies help as it required one person to turn the lever and one person to feed the pasta through the machine and out the other side. It was a very therapeutic activity, especially with a glass of wine in hand. The Avanti manual pasta roller was an amazing machine and only cost about $50!
Recently we upgraded our machine. I had tried a friend’s electric pasta maker and I knew I wanted one! Believe me, this is not a necessity! But it is A LOT of fun. Even the kids can make pasta now! I found the exact same Marcato Electric pasta roller on the Kitchen Warehouse site for $40 less than what I paid.
I have prepared a Youtube tutorial which shows just how easy it is to make your own pasta. The process is exactly the same regardless of which pasta roller you have, manual or electric. The only thing that is important is the process of laminating the pasta dough and passing it through the pasta maker.
The main thing to remember is to use plenty of flour and to laminate on each setting 6 times. The first 3 times through the pasta maker the dough is feed in flat. The following three passes are made once the dough has been folded in thirds.
This basic pasta dough can be used for lasagne sheets, ravioli, tortellini, fettucini or spaghetti. The only difference it the way the sheets of pasta are cut.
I hope you have enjoyed this basic tutorial. My next trick will be to share some delicious recipes to match with the pasta.
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